New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

February 22, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The holdout : a novel

February 21, 2020
Moore, Graham, 1981- author.
New York : Random House, [2020]
322 pages ; 25 cm
"It's the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher Bobby Nock, a twenty-five-year-old African American man, is the prime suspect after illicit text messages are discovered between them--and Jessica's blood is found in his car. The subsequent trial taps straight into America's most pressing preoccupations: race, class, sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It's an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed. Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, convinced of Nock's innocence, persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever. Flash forward ten years. A true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, with particular focus on Maya, now a defense attorney herself. When one of the jurors is found dead in Maya's hotel room, all evidence points to her as the killer. Now, she must prove her own innocence--by getting to the bottom of a case that is far from closed. As the present-day murder investigation weaves together with the story of what really happened during their deliberation, told by each of the jurors in turn, the secrets they have all been keeping threaten to come out--with drastic consequences for all involved"-- Publisher's description.

Real life

February 21, 2020
Taylor, Brandon (Brandon L. G.), author.
New York : Riverhead Books, [2020]
327 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel ... that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend -- and a lifetime of buried pain. Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochem degree. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends -- some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young straight man, conspire to fracture his defenses, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of their community"-- Provided by publisher.

Revelation : a novel

February 20, 2020
Goodwin, Bobi Gentry, author.
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2019.
289 pages ; 21 cm
"Angela Lovelace is well trained social worker: she has been working for Child Protective Services in San Francisco for nearly five years and has never had a sleepless night. But after she finds her father's picture at the apartment of a boy whose addict mother just died, sleep is the last thing on her mind, and she sets out to uncover the truth. While Angela conducts her investigation, her siblings are struggling--her sister with infertility and her brother with substance abuse. Thrust into the bowels of brokenness, the Lovelace family must look to their faith in God and his power to discover their own resilience and put the pieces of their splintered lives back together again."--Provided by publisher.

Deathless divide

February 13, 2020
Ireland, Justina, author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, [2020]
551 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Dread Nation.
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America. What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears--as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her. But she won't be in it alone. Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by--and that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive--even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.

Loving you feels so right : Alana & Jakobi

February 5, 2020
Shantaé, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2020]
266 pages ; 21 cm.
Seeking something she never experienced in her home growing up, Alana Kim relishes the affection and attention she receives from the opposite sex. Men absolutely adore her, but she's unable to return those feelings, which causes problems to arise with a longtime lover. For years, Alana has been content having sex without commitment, and she has no plans to be tied down by anyone. It's not until she witnesses the lives of the ones closest to her changing that her past begins to weigh heavily on her heart. Throw into the mix an amazingly handsome man who captures her heart immediately, and suddenly she's changing her tune, considering love for the very first time. Jakobi Tate is a damaged soul, carrying a load of hurt and pain on his shoulders, but from the moment he lays eyes on Alana, his life is forever changed. It's like he's known her his whole life, and Jakobi is hoping to build something solid with Alana. He soon discovers that there is a ton of baggage that comes along with loving someone like her. Her promiscuous ways, along with her detached personality, may be just enough to push him away for good. Jakobi is fighting his own demons, so he's left wondering if taking on her issues is worth all the trouble. They have a connection that is out of this world, but will that be enough for them to hold on to what they've found in one another? Read along as unimaginable revelations come to light and a foolish obsession reaches its breaking point in this steamy urban romance.

Harlem

February 4, 2020
Phillips, C. N., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2020]
245 pages ; 21 cm.
"She is the water to his fire and the calm to his storm. Never in his 26 years of life did Tron think he would find his equal, but Kleigh is exactly that. Her beauty speaks to his eyes, while her mind whispers to his soul. He can't imagine anybody else wearing the crown as queen after he kills the king of Harlem and takes over the throne. When push comes to shove and her secret comes to light, Kleigh is forced to pick a side. That choice is what ignites the fire to a war of savages... a fire that can only be put out by blood"--Back cover.

Vexed

February 4, 2020
Honey, 1968- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2020]
454 pages ; 21 cm
Family ties no longer bind the once close King siblings, Zach and Jay. Their desire for the same woman transforms them from loving brother and sister to bitter arch rivals. Jamaican beauty Jillian Bessette is Jay's lover, but Zach's uncontrollable yearning to have her overpowers him, causing him to commit the ultimate act of betrayal against his flesh and blood. For his sin, Jay orders a hit on her brother, but her plan for revenge backfires, and she is exposed. Her only way to avoid justice is to flee. In exile, Jay's hatred and resentment for Zach and Jill consumes her every waking moment. Their new life together includes a baby boy, the product of their forbidden affair, and adds more fuel to the growing fire of hatred growing inside Jay. While she longs for the day of vengeance against them, they bask in the beauty of love and happiness, but precious moments are cut short, overshadowed by the sins of their past. Zach is forced to send Jill and their son away to the one place he believes they'll be safe from Jay and her threats to settle the score. To the contrary, he unknowingly delivers Jill right into Jay's hands. The two former lovers come face to face, and Jill's nightmare begins. Helpless, Zach must place his faith in the heroics of others in a race against time to rescue Jill from the torturous clutches of a woman who is bitter and vexed!

Young Gucci : love at first swipe

February 4, 2020
Moore, Niyah, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban books, 2020.
266 pages ; 21 cm
"Love isn't about how much you say I love you, but how much you can prove it..." Finding love in the club wasn't working for Soraya after she dumped her ex for going to jail, so she tries to find love online. Thousands of women have found love with a simple click of the mouse, and she wants to test it out for herself. Just when Soraya thinks that spending hours online looking for a man is a complete waste of time, she finds YoungGucci90's profile. Looking at his hazel eyes in his pictures, she falls in love instantly. Though her roommate is convinced that he's a catfish, Soraya sees him at a concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Fast romance blossoms and everything seems to be too good to be true. Though he is the guy from his online profile, he hasn't been honest about who he really is. Hiding behind a persona he's created to keep his real identity safe, will he find it's too late to come clean?

All the things I should have known

January 31, 2020
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
©2020
vi, 323 pages ; 22 cm
Includes readers' guide.
"They are forty-something, successful, financially set . . . and done with trying to find "perfect" husbands. So why can't Hahna, Twila, and Kimberly have men strictly for friendship, companionship--and especially mind-blowing sex? Their solution: be sugar mamas to gorgeous young studs who promise the best of having it all. But the ladies soon find that real lust and no strings is way more complicated than they thought . . . All-business and all about the money, Hahna is drawn to Jovan, an aspiring writer. He's content with his work and Hahna, but her determination to make him appreciate the finest things in life could easily tear them apart. Cautious Kimberly is swept off her feet by handsome adrenaline-junkie Shawn--but an old flame from her past sparks an even more dangerous passion. And for Twila, a smokin'-hot Instagram model is fulfilling all her scandalous, insatiable dreams . . . until his high-maintenance demands and jealousy throw her life into chaos. Now Hahna, Kimberly, and Twila need to trust their instincts and their hearts to reclaim their joy--and the love they truly deserve."-- Provided by publisher.

Not so pure and simple

January 30, 2020
Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.), author.
©2020
389 pages ; 22 cm
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.

Everywhere you don't belong : a novel

January 29, 2020
Bump, Gabriel, author.
©2020
264 pages ; 22 cm
Claude McKay Love is an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. When riots consume his neighborhood he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago to go to college, find a new identity, and leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. Is there is any safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America? -- adapted from jacket

Silk 9 : everyone lives a story

January 27, 2020
Murray, Ronald, (author) author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Ronald Murray, 2019?
xi, 303 pages ; 22 cm
"Meet Reggie Saunders, a successful businessman living the dream with a fancy sports car, tailored clothes, expensive jewelry, and a penthouse office suite atop one of the largest buildings in suburban Washington, D.C. But for everything he has, there's one important thing he's missing. Was his meteoric rise to the top worth the loneliness that now plagues him? Through his childhood as a poor kid facing neighborhood crime to first romance and the Vietnam War, Silk 9: Everyone Lives a Story explores how a black man can navigate discrimination, subtle racism and the dark side of office politics in his quest to become a successful businessman in white Corporate America, and how achieving the ultimate goal just might have ruined his life."--Amazon.

Black girl unlimited : the remarkable story of a teenage wizard

January 27, 2020
Brown, Echo, author.
©2020
294 pages ; 22 cm
From age six through her high school valedictory speech, believing she and her mother are wizards helps young Echo cope with poverty, hunger, her mother's drug abuse, and much more.

Saving Savannah

January 27, 2020
Bolden, Tonya, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2020.
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington, D.C., until she meets a working-class girl named Nell who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd.

Hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick : stories from the Harlem Renaissance

January 24, 2020
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.
©2020
xliii, 252 pages ; 22 cm
John Redding goes to sea -- The conversion of Sam -- A bit of our Harlem -- Drenched in light -- Spunk -- Magnolia flower -- Black death -- The bone of contention -- Muttsy -- Sweat -- Under the bridge -- 'Possum or pig? -- The Eatonville anthology -- Book of Harlem -- The book of Harlem -- The back room -- Monkey junk -- The country in the woman -- The gilded six-bits -- She rock -- The fire and the cloud.
In 1925, Zora Neale Hurston was living in New York as a fledgling writer. This collection of stories, found in archives after her death, reveal African American folk culture in Harlem in the 1920s. This book includes eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem gems.

The family business. 5

January 20, 2020
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, 2020.
296 pages ; 24 cm.

Never again, no more

January 10, 2020
Untamed, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2020]
360 pages ; 21 cm
Born and raised in Atlanta, Lucinda, LaMeka, Charice, and Trinity are best friends who all have suffered the perils of teen pregnancy. With their dreams and ambitions on hold, they struggle to find themselves and survive this game called life. Despite their efforts, the decisions they make create more trouble, and the consequences prove to be costlier than they ever could have imagined.

All the days past, all the days to come

January 10, 2020
Taylor, Mildred D., author.
©2020
viii, 483 pages ; 24 cm
"Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change. Rich, compelling storytelling is Ms. Taylor's hallmark, and she fulfills expectations as she brings to a close the stirring family story that has absorbed her for over forty years. It is a story she was born to tell."--Goodreads.com.

The blues walked in

January 10, 2020
George, Kathleen, 1943- author.
©2018
viii, 294 pages ; 23 cm
"In 1936, life on the road means sleeping on the bus or in hotels for blacks only. After finishing her tour with Nobel Sissel's orchestra, nineteen year-old Lena Horne is walking the last few blocks to her father's hotel in Pittsburgh's Hill District. She stops at a lemonade stand and meets a Lebanese American girl, Marie David. Marie loves movies and adores Lena, and their chance meeting sparks a relationship that will intertwine their lives forever. Lena also meets Josiah Conner, a charismatic teenager who helps out at her father Teddy's hotel. Josiah often skips school, dreams of being a Hollywood director, and has a crush on Lena. Although the three are linked by a determination to be somebody, issues of race, class, family, and education threaten to disrupt their lives and the bonds between them.Lena's father wants her to settle down and give up show business, but she's entranced by the music and culture of the Hill. It's a mecca for jazz singers and musicians, and nightspots like the Crawford Grill attract crowds of blacks and whites. Lena table-hops with local jazzmen as her father chaperones her through the clubs where she'll later perform. Singing makes her feel alive, and to her father's dismay, reviewers can't get enough of her. Duke Ellington adores her, Billy Strayhorn can't wait to meet her, and she becomes all the rage in clubs and Hollywood for her beauty and almost-whiteness. Her signature version of Stormy Weather makes her a legend. But after sitting around for years at MGM as the studio heads try to figure out what to do with her, she isn't quite sure what she's worth. Marie and Josiah follow Lena's career in Hollywood and New York through movie magazines and the Pittsburgh Courier. Years pass until their lives are brought together again when Josiah is arrested for the murder of a white man. Marie and Lena decide they must get Josiah out of prison-whatever the personal cost."--Provided by publisher.

Snapshot

January 10, 2020
King, Camryn, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2020]
297 pages ; 21 cm
"An ambitious photojournalist. An uber-dedicated enforcer. And an explosive, high-profile scandal ignites Camryn King's provocative new thriller. Breathtaking oceanfront views, friendly locals, festive meals. At first, award-winning photographer Kennedy Wade's magazine shoot in the Bahamas is more play than work. Until she loses 48 hours of her life after flirting with a sexy stranger. Until her camera goes missing--and once back in the States, she feels certain of being watched. So when Kennedy gets an unmistakable warning to quit digging deeper, she's not about to give up. His instructions: confidential. His orders: stop a traitor from posting photos threatening national security. But former Special Ops agent Zeke Foster's instincts are telling him something isn't right with this picture. Especially as Kennedy challenges his special skills and lethal tenacity to get her life back and find the real story. Soon she has evidence that casts everything she and Zeke thought they knew in doubt--and puts them on the same team. Nothing will stop Kennedy from exposing the truth. Not losing her career, being personally exposed, or a cost far more than she ever imagined..."-- Back cover.

Such a fun age : a novel

January 9, 2020
Reid, Kiley, author.
©2019
310 pages ; 24 cm
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.--adapted from book jacket.

Obsessive behavior saga : renaissance collection

January 2, 2020
Brown-Newton, Dorothy, author.
©2017
252 pages ; 23 cm
"Kindrah has secretly been in love with her best friend, Amari, for a long time, even though both of them are involved with other people. Until now, she has kept her feelings a secret, but when she finds out that Amari is going to be a father with a person she has never liked, Kindrah is no longer willing to love him from the sidelines. She wants him, and she is willing to do whatever to have him. All hell breaks loose when Amari's girlfriend, Tanisha, finds out that her suspicions about Kindrah are correct. New York is known as the Big Apple, but is it big enough for both Kindrah and Tanisha once war is declared? Will Amari decide to be with either, or will a new woman in his life steal his attention? Get ready for a tale of lies, deceit, and murder that takes place among the women who have some kind of sick infatuation with Amari. It turns into a deadly game of fatal attraction mixed with obsessive behavior at its best. Sit back and enjoy this ride, and find out who will be the last woman standing as they fight to become the only one in Amari's life. Dorothy Brown-Newton entertains readers with twists and turns that you will never see coming!"--Page 4 of cover.

Sand Cove

January 2, 2020
Moore, Niyah, author.
©2019
296 pages ; 21 cm.
Sand Cove is a beautiful secret haven tucked away from the city, entirely off limits to everyone except for its residents. Sand Cove seems like the picture-perfect place to live, but when Luca Moretti is found dead in his home, FBI agents Tyler and Stanton expose the residents' deepest secrets to find his killer.

Blitzed

December 30, 2019
Martin, Alexa, author.
©2019
viii, 323 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Fumbled.
Maxwell has finally met an opponent that he can't best in this new football romance from the author of Fumbled. According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he's worth. She doesn't care if he's a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she's not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn't matter if he brings more customers to her business--she's still not going on a date with him. Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He'd been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can't. He can't tell anyone, so he'll make amends and hope she'll forgive him. Brynn's not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn't impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.

Africaville : a novel

December 27, 2019
Colvin, Jeffrey, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
371 pages ; 24 cm
"Set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, [the novel] depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate. Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family--Kath Ella, her son Omar/Etienne, and her grandson Warner--whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the twentieth century from the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the social protests of the 1960s to the economic upheavals in the 1980s. A century earlier, Kath Ella's ancestors established a new home in Nova Scotia. Like her ancestors, Kath Ella's life is shaped by hardship--she struggles to conceive and to provide for her family during the long, bitter Canadian winters. She must also contend with the locals' lingering suspicions about the dark-skinned "outsiders" who live in their midst. Kath Ella's fierce love for her son, Omar, cannot help her overcome the racial prejudices that linger in this remote, tight-knit place. As he grows up, the rebellious Omar refutes the past and decides to break from the family, threatening to upend all that Kath Ella and her people have tried to build. Over the decades, each successive generation drifts further from Africaville, yet they take a piece of this indelible place with them as they make their way to Montreal, Vermont, and beyond, to the deep South of America. As it explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place, and the meaning of home, Africaville tells the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

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